Wandering wolf eludes satellite surveillance

Wandering wolf eludes satellite surveillance
This May 8, 2012 photo provided by the California Department of Fish and Game shows OR-7, the Oregon wolf that has trekked across two states looking for a mate, on a sagebrush hillside in Modoc County, Calif. (AP Photo/Richard Shinn/California Department of Fish and Game)

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's famous wandering wolf is back on the grid after escaping satellite surveillance for five days.

But OR-7 eluded biologists Thursday trying to get a look at him up close and personal in the wilds of Northern California, where he has been searching for a mate since last winter.

Karen Kovacs of the California Department of Fish and Game says she and other biologists found a track when they went looking for OR-7 on the Plumas National Forest, but did not pick him up on a radio tracking device.

The wolf's GPS tracking collar downloaded a location for him Friday in remote western Plumas County.

Meanwhile, a public hearing is scheduled for Wednesday in Sacramento, Calif., on whether to put gray wolves on the California state endangered species list.

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